For those of you who are thinking of pursuing (or currently pursuing) an interior design education, CIDA (formerly FIDER) is the council that accredits Interior Design education programs.
Some may ask why being in a CIDA-accredited program is so important. Well, that answer varies and mostly depends on personal preference. However, if you plan to become a licensed Interior Designer, you’ll have to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Exam (aka NCIDQ). And things are changing…in the near future, taking the NCIDQ exam will require you to have graduated from an accredited ID program.
An article in Interior Design magazine shows that CIDA is now updating the standards to their accrediation process:
Council for Interior Design Accreditation to Update Standards
Sponsors include the ASID and the IIDA.
by Mairi Beautyman
Interior Design · February 6, 2007
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) has embarked on a three-year program to revamp standards used to measure interior design academic programs.